Motivation is one of the most important traits a business owner can have. We are constantly called upon to set our own work schedules, create our own goals, and stick to deadlines. Without motivation none of this would work.
But to be very successful you need more than just casual motivation — you need to be able to motivate yourself on your schedule. A self-motivated person can focus better, be more creative, accomplish bigger goals, and many other things. People who are really self-motivated produce the quality of work that only a passionate individual can, and they do it whenever they need.
So how do you motivate yourself? How can you be the type of person who is excited about work, goals, and other projects?
Here is a simple process that will help you master the art of self-motivation:
Know Your Goals
The first step in becoming self-motivated is to know what you want to be motivated about. It’s impossible to motivate yourself for some undefined thing. You need to have a clear goal.
Your goal also has to be something exciting. Imagine yourself having completed whatever it is — what does it look like? Is it something you really want? Is it something you need? If your goal doesn’t excite you, then it probably isn’t worth doing (and you probably won’t be motivated by it).
Once you have a concrete goal that isn’t vague or wishy-washy, then you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Find Your Path
Having an exciting goal is one thing — but actually making it happen is another entirely. If you don’t have any clue how you’ll actually accomplish that goal, then chances are your motivation will go right out the window.
In order to be motivated you need to define a clear and actionable path to your goal. It doesn’t need to have every step from start to finish, but it should have the overall plan laid out. Once you have the broad plan outline you can define the next immediate steps in much more detail. Then all you have to do is continue this process of detailing your next steps as you get progressively closer to your goal.
Knowing you have a solid plan to reach your goals will do wonderful things for your motivation and your productivity.
Imagine the Rewards
So far we’ve talked about finding a concrete goal and about creating a plan to accomplish that goal. We’ve also mentioned a little bit about the goal being an exciting one, but now it’s time to really get excited.
Imagine what would happen if you accomplished your goal. How would things change, how would things be better?
The better you can imagine these rewards, the more you can feel it in every part of your body, the more motivated you will become.
Believe in Yourself
None of this visualization or imagination will do any good if you don’t believe in yourself. Many of us have goals that we’re really excited about — goals that have rewards so big we’d give almost anything to get there. But sometimes it feels like those goals are just fantasies that won’t ever happen, and that’s when every ounce of motivation disappears.
If you want to stay motivated then you have to believe in yourself. You need to believe that you can accomplish your goals, that you can complete the plan.
Easier said than done, right? Well take solace in this simple equation: if you don’t give up, and you keep improving, then you will eventually make it there no matter what.
Track Your Progress
The last piece of the puzzle is to measure, track, and celebrate every step towards your goal. There is nothing more motivating than watching yourself make real progress towards something you want, even if that progress is slow or difficult.
Tracking your progress will also help you believe in yourself, which will increase your motivation levels enormously. It’s hard to say something can’t happen when you can literally watch things falling into place.
And if progress seems slow, or even stopped, then try tracking the different things you’ve learned. Learning and improvement are legitimate steps on the path towards any goal, and you can’t discount them.
Putting It All Together
To become a master of self motivation you’ll need to combine all 5 of these steps, and probably revisit each of them on a regular basis. If you can do that, you might find yourself with more motivation than you knew you had.
So what are your thoughts? Do you follow these steps? Do you have any tips to add?